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Borneo from Below

Borneo from Below - Discover the rumble beneath the jungle!
The first ever ongoing series dedicated to Borneo’s marine world...
From Vinay Dalta of Scubazoo
August 2015

Borneo from Below

Borneo From Below is a new online series by Scubazoo's roving reporter, Aaron “Bertie” Gekoski, showcasing Borneo’s incredible marine environment. Discover the rumble beneath the jungle!

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Discover the rumble beneath the jungle with this new web series! Borneo From Below will showcase the region's world-class diving and fascinating characters: freediving 'sea gypsies', huge schools of sharks, flamboyant cuttlefish and more! Plus, we will tackle key environmental issue such as dynamite fishing, shark finning and the trade in endangered animals. Each episode will be posted to Facebook. Please like us to receive regular updates and also watch the trailer below.With thanks to Scuba Junkie#Borneo #Diving #Trailer

Posted by Borneo From Below on Thursday, 30 July 2015

Borneo’s not just about orangutans, pygmy elephants and sun bears. The dive sites around this exotic island are regularly voted the world’s best. And Scubazoo want to show you why. Here you can find weird and wonderful critters such as flamboyant cuttlefish and blue-ringed octopus, along with schools of hammerheads, sperm whales and manta rays.

Borneo from Below
Bajau Spearing ©Scubazoo

Borneo From Below is the first ongoing series dedicated to Borneo’s marine environment. Produced by Scubazoo and presented by Bertie, the series will showcase the area's incredible underwater inhabitants. Along with this, viewers will be offered tips to improve their photography and introduced to fascinating local cultures. Borneo From Below will also tackle some key environmental issues, including the trades that are pushing species to the brink of extinction. Footage and images ©Scubazoo www.scubazoo.com

Borneo From Below proudly presents our very first episode: “Landing in Borneo”!In this episode, Scubazoo's roving...

Posted by Borneo From Below on Thursday, 6 August 2015

Aaron (aka Bertie) Gekoski
Aaron (aka Bertie) Gekoski

What is it about Borneo? asks Aaron (aka Bertie) Gekoski

Few places carry such exotic connotations. Jungles filled tree-to-tree with pygmy elephants, proboscis monkeys, sun bears and orangutans. Head Hunters, crazy-looking bugs, rainforests, mountains. And that’s just above the water.

Borneo From Below does little to dampen the romance. This massive coastline – Borneo is the 3rd largest island in the world – is home to world-class coral reefs that are visited by pods of pilot and sperm whales, mantas, whale sharks, gigantic schools of devil ray and more.

But Borneo’s not just about the big things: some of the planet’s weirdest and most downright bizarre underwater critters also call these waters home. This includes blue-ringed octopus, bobtail squid, hairy frogfish, pygmy seahorse and more.

And then there’s Sipadan Island, a dive spot that Jacques Cousteau referred to as an “untouched piece of art.” This extinct volcano cone is a shoe in on lists dedicated to the world’s top dive sites due to its tornadoing barracuda, giant schools of sharks, bumphead parrotfish and jackfish. It’s also one of the last remaining places where 30-40 turtles can be seen on a single dive.

Borneo from Below
Bumpheads ©Scubazoo
Borneo from Below
Diver with barracuda ©Scubazoo

The London-Borneo express

Borneo isn’t much like Covent Garden. Particularly on a cold and rainy afternoon in December. Yet this is where my journey to those fabled jungles begins.

I’d arranged a meeting with Scubazoo’s Simon “Pieman” Christopher. Founded in 1996, Scubazoo are one of the most well respected and established underwater production houses in the business. Pieman explained they were in the process of launching a new online channel: Borneo From Below (BFB) would be the first ever ongoing series dedicated to Borneo’s marine world.

BFB would showcase some of the island’s top dive spots and fascinating marine life, whilst offering viewers tips to improve their photography. Far from fluffy, the series would also tackle complex issues and the trades and practices that are pushing many species to the brink of extinction. This includes overfishing, the trade in endangered species for use in traditional medicine, pollution, dynamite and cyanide fishing, and more.

We would also get to meet those working tirelessly to preserve these waters, such as local operator Scuba Junkie, and spend time with tribes including the Bajau Laut, aka sea gypsies: nomadic seafaring people who traditionally spent their entire lives on the ocean.

In terms of ideal jobs, it didn’t come much better. So quicker than you could say “skinny Frappuccino”, I was bound for Borneo, laden with lenses.

Borneo from Below
Snorkeller and jacks Sipadan ©Scubazoo
Borneo from Below
Seasnake ©Scubazoo

What’s in the pipeline

In the process of filming BFB, Cameraman Will and I have been fortunate enough to shoot some incredible sequences. We went on board with the Bajau as they caught mantis shrimp, before they stuffed them into bottles and sold them to local restaurants. I also travelled out to sea with one of the last remaining sea gypsy families who still live on their boat.

Having watched a hawksbill turtle nest just two months earlier, we captured a rare timelapse of a ‘turtle volcano’ as hatchlings made their bid for freedom. I also attended a sweaty, colourful festival in celebration of the Bajau’s traditional boat, the lepa lepa, swam with scarcely believable schools of fish at Sipadan Island, filmed baby devil rays at local markets (that were sold for little more than the price of a Mars bar), and, in what could be a world-first…even photographed a nudibranch with two heads!

All this and we’ve barely scratched beneath Borneo’s surface. We hope you’ll be pleased to hear there’s a lot more where this came from. But most of all we hope that you enjoy watching the episodes as much as we’ve enjoyed producing them.

To watch all weekly episodes of Borneo From Below for FREE, please ‘like’ their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BorneoFromBelow

Much of the series wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Scuba Junkie: www.scuba-junkie.com

Borneo from Below

Borneo From Below from ScubazooVideo

Borneo from Below

Website: www.borneofrombelow.com
Facebook: facebook.com/BorneoFromBelow
Twitter: : @borneofrombelow / #BorneoFromBelow


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